Kingsport Mets had their photo day, which is covered by Allen Greene photography, and was released for the fans to see. It is filled with head shots, team photos, and always gives people an idea of what the full roster for Kingsport will be. You can check out the photos by clicking here.
Here is the full roster for the 2014 Kingsport Mets, just in time for Opening Day:
RHP Gaby Almonte
RHP Matires Arias
RHP Bryce Beeler
RHP Matt Blackham
RHP Nicco Blank
RHP Connor Buchmann
RHP Andrew Church
RHP Andrew Duff
RHP Ramon Estevez
LHP Yoan Gonzalez
RHP Andrew Massie
RHP Craig Missigman
RHP Christian Montgomery
RHP Yoryi Nuez
RHP Luis Rengel
LHP Ruben Reyes
LHP Dave Roseboom
RHP Ismael Tijerina
RHP Ty Williams
Jose Garcia was a 6-figure bonus a few years back, and is a good receiver with a good bat that will give adequate gap power. The Mets are high on Brandon Brosher and since have converted him to catcher. He has a great arm that hits 90, with a lot of power. Eudor Garcia, you already know I gush over due to his ability to flat out hit for average and power. Luis Guillorme was the top defensive shortstop in last year’s draft, and was picked in the 10th round. His bat lags the glove by a lot so far, but he has ability to make some contact. His double-play partner is Brandon Kaupe, another 4th rounder, who is super stocky, but switch hits, and runs well.
The outfield is great, with Ivan Wilson, a raw 5-tool 3rd rounder last year, Wuilmer Becerra, the 3rd player in the R.A. Dickey deal who has a power-speed combination, and Vincente Lupo, who has plus power. They will be something to watch in this lineup.
This also means 2014 3rd round pick Milton Ramos will most definitely be in Gulf Coast League.
There are rumors that the Mets have signed Arnaldo Berrios, their 39th rounder. Not confirmed yet, but we’ll see when the Gulf Coast League roster is released. He is an outfielder with good gap power, that came from Carlos Beltran‘s Baseball Academy in Puerto Rico.
31st rounder Kurtis Horne has signed with the Mets. He is a tall, projectable lefty who gets up to 90 miles per hour.
There is nothing (yet) today on Mets 2014 First Rounder Michael Conforto after Jon Heyman tweeted they were close on the 16th.
International Free Agency
UPDATE! Ben Badler made a mistake in his report for Baseball America about Wilkerman Garcia. He is tied to the Yankees, but Kenny Hernandez is still tied to the Mets.
The July 2nd Signing period for young Latin American prospects under 23 is in exactly two weeks, and the Mets are tied to one shortstop from Carlos Guillen‘s training academy in Venezuela named Kenny Hernandez, who Baseball America is unsure can stay at short:
Even though he’s still 15 and one of the youngest players in the class with an Aug. 13 birthday, Hernandez stands out for his sweet left-handed swing and ability to hit in games. He’s 6 feet, 160 pounds with a loose, compact stroke and occasional power. There’s less ease to Hernandez’s game in the field, so scouts expect him to move to second or third base.
He figures to get about a million dollars, which would account for a majority of the Mets’ pool, like every other team, is at 2.6 million dollars. If a team goes over the pool by a significant amount, they cannot participate in top-bonus signings next year.